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The Greenville VA Outpatient Optometry residency is a dynamic program designed to provide an excellent clinical and educational experience for our residents. We have four attending optometrists that love Optometry and combined provide great experience and teaching opportunities. Our program has one Resident which means the opportunity for all the best cases and undivided attention from the attendings.
We have weekly grand rounds meetings with our attendings and Resident. We read and discuss key literature articles, rotate lecturing to each other on various topics, discuss special cases in depth and answer any questions that may present along the way.
The Greenville VA is an Outpatient Clinic and therefore we do not have an emergency room or inpatient care like the William Jennings Bryan Dorn (WJBD) Medical Hospital does whom we are affiliated with. Our VA still offers a wide variety of health care to its patients. Aside from Optometry, our clinic offers Physical Therapy, Audiology, Dental, Mental Health, Primary Care, Radiology, Pharmacy and a Laboratory. With these many clinical specialties, our resident has the privilege of serving our veterans as a part of a full health care team. Our clinic building is approximately 8 years old and is set in a beautiful one-story building with a very spacious and window-friendly lobby which opens to all the clinics. We are located ~3 miles from downtown Greenville and are across the street from Greenville Memorial Hospital. Since we are about a two hour drive from the WJBD medical hospital, many of our patients are able to utilize the Mission Act to be referred out to local specialists on a case by case bases rather than having to drive to WJBD.
Residents each get their own room for the duration of the residency year. We have excellent equipment at our disposal including OCT-Angiography, Humphrey Visual Field, auto-refraction, extensive low vision equipment, specialty contact lens fitting sets, and more.
Our residents work on a compressed schedule, four ten hour days per week, which means you have an extra day off each week. There is no evening or weekend call and you have paid personal leave and sick leave to utilize. The day to day schedule starts at 7am with patients arriving at 8. Residents see patients every 30 mins, last patient scheduled at 3:30 with a break from lunch between 12 and 1. Keeping on your toes is important as the Resident is responsible for any triages that may present.
Greenville is a wonderful and beautiful place to live. Downtown Greenville is full of life, from taking a stroll through Falls Park to trying new foods at the dozens of restaurants that Main street has to offer. There is natural beauty nearby with multiple opportunities and locations to go hiking, bike riding and sightseeing. Greenville is in the perfect location with it only being 30-45 minutes to the mountains and 3-4 hrs from the beach. There are all kinds of housing opportunities. Residents can easily commute anywhere from Fountain Inn, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Easley, Taylors, Traveler’s Rest and Greenville itself. The opportunities are endless.